Feb. 17, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Fussy Cut Tool and The Rotate Fabric Tool

The Fussy Cut Tool

The Fussy Cut tool allows you to move a fabric print around in a patch to better place the print image. This works best using fabrics with large objects, florals and stripes.

   

Using the Fussy Cut Tool:

  1. Click and hold the mouse on the fabric in your quilt or block.
  2. Drag your mouse to make the fabric move in the patch.
  3. When you’ve found the best location for the fabric, release the mouse.
  4. Click Add to Sketchbook to save the quilt and to save the block as a new coloring.

    The Fussy Cut tool is only available on Layers 1 and 2.

The Rotate Fabric Tool

The Rotate Fabric tool allows you to rotate fabric swatches in individual patches of your blocks or quilts. This is especially helpful for striped, pictorial and border prints.

Using the Rotate Fabric Tool:
Click the Rotate Fabric tool to select it.

Choose the Simple option from the palette.

Click on a patch in the quilt.
This simple method rotates the fabric swatch clockwise in 90 degree increments. Four clicks of the mouse will return the fabric to its original orientation.

    

Use Ctrl + click to rotate the fabric in all the matching patches of the quilt. Use Alt + click to rotate the fabric in matching patches of alternating blocks in the quilt.
You may need to use the Fussy Cut   tool to adjust your fabric after you rotate.

The Rotate Fabric tool is only available on Layers 1 and 2.

Information on  Rotating Fabric Using the Advanced Method

Feb. 16, 2015

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Feb. 13, 2015

We love our EQ retailers!

QuiltShopThe Electric Quilt Company is so grateful for its retailers. We love that customers can pick up their favorite EQ products, or take EQ classes at their local quilt shop.

We reached out to stores all over the world to find out what they love about selling EQ products and promised to feature our favorite responses! After getting so many great replies, we decided to blog about several EQ Retailers:


LittleQuilts

Little Quilts – Marietta, GA

“We have been in business for 16 years and have been selling and teaching about Electric Quilt for all those years. We carry a lot of Electric Quilt products. Love your Printable fabric sheets and they are the only ones that we recommend to our customers. We do our own block of the month programs and use EQ7 and Blockbase for choosing and writing these patterns. We have done a block of the month program every year that we have been in business, starting with the earlier versions of Electric Quilt. We offer classes on the EQ6 and the EQ7 program such as beginner classes and the more advanced classes. One of our employees was a beta tester for the EQ7 before its release. Several of our employees know the EQ7 program and use it to design their own quilts. It would be hard for us to get by without Electric Quilt.”

- Owner, Mary Ellen Von Holt and EQ Teacher, Wanda Hizer


 SewEtcSewing Machines Etcetera – Burlington, Ontario

“We love EQ products because our store likes to encourage all of our quilting customers to take their quilting to another level. EQ7 allows them to create their own quilts and put their imagination to work. We have found that our staff as well as our customers can quickly become addicted! When a customer purchases the EQ7 program we offer instructional classes so they can get started on this wonderful journey.

When doing an EQ7 demo at a recent quilt show we were surprised at the number of quilters who hadn’t heard about this program. We were only too happy to show them what they were missing!”

- Owners, Nick and Erika Kottelenberg


Honorable Mentions:

A Stitch in Time – Franklin, North Carolina

Little Red Quilt House – Medina, Ohio

Courtepointe Claire Inc. – Laval Quebec, Canada

Sager Creek Quilts – Siloam Springs, Arizona

Ask your favorite quilt shop if they’re an EQ Retailer!

Feb. 12, 2015

Start your Jane Journey!

If you’re ready to put your quilting skills to the test, make a Dear Jane quilt! The software is on sale for just $39.96 today and tomorrow!

Offer only applies to the Dear Jane software at ElectricQuilt.com.

Use code: DEARJANE | Ends February 13, 2015

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Feb. 11, 2015

Close to Lawton, OK? Come see a demo of EQ7!

Feb. 10, 2015

Tool Tip Tuesday! – The Auto Borders Tool

The Auto Borders Tool

The Set Auto Borders tool allows you to choose predesigned border styles to use in your quilts. There are 13 styles in the Auto Borders palette for you to choose from.

You may not see the Set Auto Borders   tool. If not, here is how to get it:
1. Click the Customize Toolbar    tool in the bottom, right hand corner of your screen.
2. Click Add/Remove Buttons…

3. Choose Set Auto Borders from the list.

To Set Auto Borders on a Quilt:

1. Click the Set Auto Border  tool.

2. Select the style of border from the drop-down list.

3. Click on a border in the palette.

4. Click on the border on your quilt.

5. Click the Borders tab to adjust the size of the border.

Here are a few examples. Click on each one for a larger view.


Each time you click to “try on” an auto border, it is as if you’ve added the blocks to your project and set them into the border yourself. In other words, blocks get added to your Project Sketchbook automatically when using the Auto Borders tool. You can always delete blocks that are unused. To delete multiple blocks at once, use the Sketchbook section of the Block Library dialog.

The Set Auto Borders tool is available on Layer 1 of any type of quilt.

Feb. 09, 2015

Creative Spark: Quiltmaker March/April 2015

Have you seen the new issue of Quiltmaker yet? It features designs from several wonderful EQ users, including EQ Artist Elizabeth Dackson! Elizabeth’s quilt, Light Waves, is also the focus of the EQ7 Creative Spark article for the issue.


Light Waves by Elizabeth Dackson, photo ©Quiltmaker

On page 31 you’ll see how changing the size and proportion of the blocks affects the look of the zigzags. And with EQ7 it’s as easy as typing in a few numbers to see the results!

Check out the companion EQ7 lesson for the article on Quiltmaker’s site: Playing with Block Size & Proportion in EQ7